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96m motor yacht VAVA II in Seattle, USA

May 30, 2014

The outstanding 96-metre motor yacht VAVA II has recently reached Seattle in the USA for provisioning and repairs, before heading to the breath-taking Pacific Northwest yacht holiday destination – Alaska. Built by Devonport Yachts (rebranded as Pendennis Plus in 2011), superyacht VAVA II represents one of the most technologically advanced and stylish yachts in the world, with exterior styling by Redman Whiteley Dixon and interior design by Remi Tessier.

96m super yacht VAVA II in Settle, USA - PHOTO COURTESY IAN GRACEY GLASSHAPE YACHT GLASS

96m super yacht VAVA II in Settle, USA - PHOTO COURTESY IAN GRACEY/GLASSHAPE YACHT GLASS

Luxury yacht VAVA II has been built from steel, with an aluminium superstructure. She complies with SOLAS codes, able to accommodate 36 guests in maximum comfort and style.

Some of the VAVA II yacht’s special features include a helicopter landing pad, a large fold-down beach club, a variable depth swimming pool, beautifully appointed guest cabins and large tenders stored in large tender garages aft and forward, able to carry guests to shore.

Mega yacht VAVA II is one of over 100 superyachts expected to reach the fantastic Alaska yacht charter destination this summer. For more information about Alaska yacht rental, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced brokers here.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 to host America’s Cup Winner Ernesto Bertarelli

July 04, 2013

Two-time winner of the America’s Cup, Switzerland’s Ernesto Bertarelli, has confirmed his participation in the 30th anniversary edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, running from August 17 to 24, 2013.

Sailing yacht Wild Oats X competing in Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2009 - Photo by Andrea Francolini

Sailing yacht Wild Oats X competing in Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2009 - Photo by Andrea Francolini

Bertarelli, 47, has chartered sailing yacht Wild Oats X – the Sydney-based 66ft racing yacht owned by Australian yachting legend, Bob Oatley – as his entry for the regatta, and will have some of his America’s Cup team, including Kiwi tactician, Brad Butterworth, sailing with him.

Bertarelli, one of the world’s richest men, and a well-recognised philanthropist, has also advised he will have his impressive 96-metre superyacht Vava II at Hamilton Island for Race Week. The six-deck motor yacht is on a world cruise to raise funds for YachtAid Global, an organisation supporting humanitarian and environmental causes.

In 2003 Bertarelli, then aged 37, became the first challenger to win the America’s Cup with a first-time campaign, and also the first person to take the cup – the oldest trophy in the history of sport – to Europe. He then successfully defended the prize against the New Zealand challenger in 2007, but lost to America’s Larry Ellison in a controversial multihull challenge in 2010.

Wild Oats X Yacht

Wild Oats X Yacht - Photo by Andrew Francolini

Bertarelli and Butterworth have had the canting-keeled Wild Oats X yacht modified in preparation for their tilt at winning the IRC Grand Prix Division at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. The forward rudder has been removed and replaced by a new daggerboard configuration, and new sails have been ordered.

‘It’s going to be exciting to see Ernesto racing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week’, said Mark Richards, who has been skipper of Wild Oats X for Bob Oatley, and will be steering Oatley’s 30-metre Sydney-Hobart race record holder, superyacht Wild Oats XI, at this year’s regatta. ‘Having Ernesto, Brad and the team competing certainly says a lot about Race Week’s status in the world of yachting.’

Mega yacht Vava II - Photo bby Trevor Burrows

Mega yacht Vava II - Photo bby Trevor Burrows/Ocean

An impressive cross-section of yachts has already entered for the 30th edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Australia’s premier keelboat regatta. Organisers are planning special celebrations this year to ensure the series continues to be recognised as a world-class regatta when it comes to fun on shore and great racing on the tropical, island-dotted waters of the Whitsundays.

Luxury carmaker, Audi, returns as the title sponsor of Hamilton Island Race Week in 2013. The German premium brand will host a range of special events on the island for yacht owners and guests to enjoy during the week.

Crew of the 96 m luxury yacht VAVA II raising money for YachtAid Global (YAG)

January 21, 2013

The crew of the impressive 96-metre motor yacht Vava II has created the Vava II Global Challenge, in order to raise money for YachtAid Global (YAG) through creative athletic challenges. December 18 saw the VAVA II yacht crew hand over their first aid package of their circumnavigation. The Autism Association of the Maldives were very grateful of the care package handed over to them onboard.

Crew of the 96m megayacht VAVA II

Crew of the 96 m mega yacht VAVA II raising money for YachtAid Global (YAG)

The delivery was made possible by the tremendous support of YachtAidGlobal (YAG) and OMNIACCESS who so generously purchased computing equipment for the charity.

Crew of VAVA II superyacht in Maldives

Crew of VAVA II superyacht in Maldives

This is only the start for VAVA II superyacht and her crew are looking to their next stops in Asia to dig deeper and deliver more to the places they visit.

96 m luxury yacht VAVA II

96 m luxury yacht VAVA II

Expansion of BMT Nigel Gee

December 10, 2012

In order to meet increased workload, BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of BMT Group, has reported recent refurbishment as well as expansion activity at its offices in Southampton. Operating across four main market sectors, the naval architectural practice provides design and engineering services to specialised vessels in the commercial, yacht, defence and renewable energy markets.

BMT Nigel Gee Refurbished Floor

BMT Nigel Gee Refurbished Floor

John Bonafoux, Managing Director of BMT Nigel Gee says: “2012 has seen our company capitalise on investments made in the renewable energy market. Developing designs for windfarm support vessels as early as 2009, there are now over 18 windfarm support vessels under construction at six different shipyards in Europe and Asia. Of particular note is the recent launch of our XSS design from the Sepers facility in Holland. This 24m vessel features a hullform based on SWATH technology and offers improved seakeeping capabilities over conventional windfarm support vessels, thereby making it particularly suitable for longer transits to those windfarms further from shore.”

Trials have also been successfully completed on three more conventional 20m vessels; one in Europe and two in Asia. In the same vein the company’s patented Turbine Access System, a motion compensated access gangway designed to increase safety for personnel transferring from support vessels on to turbines, developed in partnership with Houlder, successfully completed trials in October at the Rhyl Flats windfarm off the coast of Wales.

BMT Nigel Gee has also expanded its client base with increased activities in the large yachting market, both within refit and repair, as well as continued new build activities with some of the industry’s leading yacht builders. Current construction projects include both sail and motor yachts from 65m to 110m in length, whilst refit work has been undertaken on both classic and modern yachts. Most notable work completed in 2012 included the delivery of the motor yacht Vava II from Plymouth – at 96m this is the largest yacht ever to be built in the United Kingdom.

Superyacht Vava II - most notable BMT Nigel Gee work completed in 2012 Photo by Trevor Burrows

Superyacht Vava II - most notable BMT Nigel Gee work completed in 2012 Photo by Trevor Burrows

In the defence market the team at BMT Nigel Gee continues to support a number of its sister companies within the BMT group providing structural and mechanical engineering services for two 200+m naval auxiliary tankers for the Canadian and UK navies. The market for high speed patrol vessels has also been very active with a new order for six 17m high speed patrol boats in Turkey.

The fall in demand for high speed ferries, which for many years was the company’s core business, has reversed and this year BMT Nigel Gee has been working on a number of new designs, including a 38m passenger ferry under construction in Eastern Europe.

Investment in R&D activities continues to underpin development of innovative engineering technologies such as the Turbine Access System. 2013 will see BMT Nigel Gee investing further in R&D activity including new hullforms aimed at improving efficiencies in the oil and gas market, where the company is focusing on additional expansion and has recently received an order for a number of high speed crew transfer vessels.

John Bonafoux, Managing Director at BMT Nigel Gee concludes: “Diversity has always been at the heart of our business and has allowed us to maintain a consistent workload. It’s a great moment to see our team and office facilities expand due to resilient growth in all of our markets for the second and third quarter of 2012. Our order book moving forward into 2013 remains strong – a true testament to the quality of design, engineering and attention to detail our team deliver.”

Pendennis to attend Monaco Yacht Show

September 07, 2012

Taking place from September 19 to 22, the prestigious UK builder, Pendennis, will be once again present at the Monaco Yacht Show, at their usual location, stand number QT17. The stand will be showcasing an amazing choice of New Build vessels, comprising the Pendennis motor yacht Phantom, sailing yacht Hemisphere, luxury yacht Rebecca as well as Vava II superyacht, along with the preview of the 2012 Pendennis Cup video.

Pendennis superyacht Phantom designed by Reymond Langton

Pendennis superyacht Phantom designed by Reymond Langton

PHANTOM
Measuring 55 meters in LOA, the spectacular superyacht Phantom boasts an elegant and aggressive exterior lines, designed by well known Reymond Langton, with naval architecture by Nigel Irens. Her modern interior provides 5 elegant and comfortable cabins, including a master suite as well as 4 guest staterooms. Phantom also offers a wide range of water toys and yacht tenders, along with integral swim platform and generous entertainment spaces.

Luxury sailing yacht HEMISPHERE

Luxury sailing yacht HEMISPHERE

HEMISPHERE
Launched in 2011, the 44m sailing yacht Hemisphere is an impressive catamaran, with naval architecture by Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP). The maximum number of 12 guests are provided with 5 lovely cabins. There are four double as well as one twin cabin, along with accommodation for 8 professional crew.

Luxury sailing yacht Rebecca - Courtesy of Pendennis

Luxury sailing yacht Rebecca - Courtesy of Pendennis

REBECCA
Built by Pendennis in 1999 with the last refit in 2004, the 42-metre superyacht Rebecca is a stylish, eye-catching vessel, designed by renowned German Frers. Her lovely and elegant interior by Robin Black comfortably sleeps up to 6 guests and 5 professional crew.

Luxury superyacht VAVA II by Pendennis Plus

Luxury superyacht VAVA II by Pendennis Plus

VAVA II
The voluminous 96-metre megayacht Vava II was launched by Devonport Yachts (rebranded as Pendennis Plus) in 2011. Designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon, Vava II boasts beautiful interior by Remi Tessier. She can easily accommodate an impressive number of 36 guests.

The World´s Largest Sailing Yacht M5 (ex MIRABELLA V) arrives at Pendennis for a one-year refit

March 27, 2012

Following the world’s largest sailing catamaran yacht Hemisphere, Pendennis Plus, the division of the prestigious UK-based shipyard Pendennis, which specializes in 60m+ refits as well as new builds, is pleased to announce that the world’s largest sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V), is getting ready for a substantial one-year refit. Designed by well-known Ron Holland, the 75.2m Mirabella V superyacht, now renamed by her new owner to yacht M5, has recently arrived in Falmouth, with her impressive 90m mast due for removal before the vessel docks down in May.

75.2m sailing yacht Mirabella V at Pendennis in Falmouth

75.2m sailing yacht Mirabella V

Stephen Hills, Managing Director of Pendennis Plus, commented “We are very proud to have been selected to complete the refit of such an iconic sailing yacht. It is through projects such as this that the superyacht industry in the UK, including our yard in Falmouth, continues to enhance its world-class reputation for exceptional build quality, design, finish and engineering.”

The project will see collaboration between several esteemed UK and Ireland based companies. Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD) have been commissioned as the interior design team, fresh from the completion of the Devonport luxury yacht VAVA II. Naval Architect Ron Holland, the megayacht Mirabella V’s original designer, who worked with Pendennis on the superyacht Christopher launched in 2011, will steer the structural improvements.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the new Owner on Mirabella V and respond to their requirements for this substantial refit. We look forward to working in partnership with Pendennis and RWD once again.”

The new Owner has renamed the yacht M5 and has briefed the team on adapting the yacht’s exterior and interior to his needs. Superyacht M5’s visit to Pendennis will see the stern redesigned and extended by 3m. Alongside this other exterior restyling work will include the installation of a side boarding platform. Structural fabrication of the composite stern will be undertaken by another UK based company, Green Marine, with support from structural engineers High Modulus Europe Ltd.

247ft Mirabella V Superyacht

247ft Mirabella V Superyacht

The full extent of the engineering commission will involve replacing the main engines, generators, switchboards and sewage treatment plant along with an upgrade of the air conditioning system, electrics and entertainment system. A 10 year DNV survey will complement these works. A full hull repaint with mast and rig overhaul completes the list of major structural tasks.

The interior aspects of the refit will see the main and lower decks undergo a complete restyle. Sailing yacht M5’s main deck in particular will be completely transformed once all joinery is replaced to complement RWD’s new design. Toby Ecuyer of RWD explained their role in the project “Redman Whiteley Dixon is thrilled to join the world class team assembled to undertake the transformation of the mighty Mirabella V. It is a privilege to be working alongside Ron Holland and his team whilst we are equally proud to be working with one of the world’s premier boat yards once again. Working closely with the Owner, Redman Whiteley Dixon have developed and tailored a contemporary interior which serves to maximise on the inherent qualities of Mirabella’s architecture and expand on the magnificent opportunities she affords. With yacht Mirabella V (now M5) returning to Britain’s South coast for the start of her next chapter, there is a sense of symmetry and provenance we are honoured to be entrusted with.”

The Mirabella V yacht’s captain, Rocka Romke, has explained the process behind the selection of the British-based team: “The team assembled for the works are testament to the quality of the workforce and facilities available in the UK. Of course Ron Holland is very familiar with the yacht and is perfectly positioned enhance its appearance whilst remaining sympathetic to the original design. Both Pendennis Plus and RWD have established reputations as being amongst the best in their fields with experience in both the large yacht and sailing yacht sectors. I believe the collaboration between these parties will elevate M5 to be one of the most impressive and original sailing yachts in the world both in structure and style.”

Technical Specifications of the luxury yacht M5:

Built: VT Shipbuilding, England, 2004
Naval Architect: Ron Holland
Length: 75.2 m (247 ft)
Beam: 14.82 m (48.6 ft)
Height: 88.5 m (290 ft)
Draught: 10m (33 ft)
Structure: Aluminium
Displacement: 740 tonnes

96m Superyacht VAVA II delivered – Largest UK built motor yacht sets sail for Caribbean on maiden Voyage

March 06, 2012

Motor yacht VAVA II, the 96m (314.96ft) superyacht built by Devonport Yachts (rebranded as Pendennis Plus in 2011) has been delivered and set sail on her maiden voyage on Friday the 2nd of March 2012 from Plymouth Sound to the Caribbean.

Yacht VAVA II by Pendennis Plus

Yacht VAVA II by Pendennis Plus

The mega yacht VAVA II by Pendennis Plus reportedly cost USD 160 million (£100 million) to build and took 200 craftsmen more than two years to complete. The new VAVA II motor yacht is owned by Swiss/Italian pharmaceutical tycoon and billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his wife, songwriter and former Miss UK Kirsty Roper. (Kirsty Bertarelli). The 96 meter yacht Vava II reportedly replaces the Bertarelli’s old 47-meter Feadship motor yacht called launched in 1996 called Vava. Ernesto Bertarelli is owner of the ex-America’s Cup team Alinghi, which held the Americas Cup for 3 events.

Pendennis Plus 96 m Yacht VAVA II underway

Pendennis Plus 96 m Yacht VAVA II underway

Measuring 96m (314.96ft) yacht VAVA II is the largest privately owned yacht ever to be built in the UK and is 33rd largest yacht in the world. She is also one of the most technologically advanced and stylish yachts in the world with exterior styling by Redman Whitely Dixon and interior design by Remi Tessier. Some of the yachts special features include a helicopter landing pad, a large fold-down beach club, a variable depth swimming pool, beautifully appointed guest cabins and large tenders stored in large tender garages aft and forward, able to carry guests to shore.

Captain Brendan O’Shannassy commented during the build that: “It is so pleasing to see a yacht that retains the vision of the designers without compromise”.

96m Superyacht VAVA II delivered – the Largest motor yacht built in the UK sets sail for Caribbean on maiden Voyage

96m Superyacht VAVA II delivered – the Largest motor yacht built in the UK sets sail for Caribbean on maiden Voyage

The VAVA II luxury superyacht is the largest ever private motor yacht to be built in the UK, England and Britain. She has been built from steel with an aluminium superstructure and complies with SOLAS codes, able to accommodate 36 guests. She would make a magnificent charter yacht if she was ever put on the charter market.

The VAVA II superyacht (previously known as P55, or project 55) was christened on the 10th September 2011 in Plymouth and she underwent her sea trails in October 2011. She is now travelling via the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean on her maiden voyage.

Please enjoy these photographs of M/Y Vava II by Paul.

Features of superyacht VAVA II (ex Project 55) by Devonport Yachts (rebranded as Pendennis Plus in 2011)

LOA: 96m (314.96ft)

Naval Architects: Devonport Yachts

Exterior Design: Redman Whiteley Dixon

Interior Design: Rémi Tessier

Yacht VAVA II – The Largest in UK History

January 10, 2012

The 96 metre (315ft) motor yacht VAVA II was built at the by Devonport Yachts shipyard in Plymouth, United Kingdom (Rebranded as Pendennis Plus in 2011). This is a magnificent boat in every way and she is the largest private superyacht to have been built and launched in the UK, England and Britain, if you do not count Royal yachts.

Pendennis Plus 96 m Yacht VAVA II underway

Pendennis Plus 96 m Yacht VAVA II underway

Yacht Vava II was launched and christened last year on the 10th of September. The yacht Vava II’s has her naval architecture undertaken by Devonport Yachts (rebranded as Pendennis Plus in 2011), who also built the yacht, and her exterior was designed by Redman Whitely Dixon. To finish off the design team, the yacht interior was created by Remi Tessier. She has been built from steel with an aluminium superstructure. Vava II boasts SOLAS-36 passenger ship standards and will therefore be able to set a new standard in the yacht charter market if available.

Further Details of superyacht Vava II have so far been kept by Pendennis and the yacht designers . There is no doubt that she is an important superyacht which is drawing plenty of interest from luxury yacht professionals. Further information and yacht images of the Vava II yacht are pending, and that information will be provided as it comes to light. In the meantime please enjoy these photographs of M/Y Vava II by Paul.

Motor Yacht VAVA II from the bow

Motor Yacht VAVA II from the bow

‘Vava’ is an interesting name for a yacht, however it is not known what the word emanates from is or where it was derived from. The first VAVA is a 47 metre Feadship motor yacht which was launched in 1996. That yacht was owned by the successful and well-known Italian/Swiss yachtsman Ernesto Bertarelli a pharmaceuticals magnet and owner of the ex-America’s Cup team Alinghi, which held the Cup for 3 events. Whoever the yacht owner, she is certainly a magnificent spectacle which is sure to be seen cruising the Mediterranean during the summer of 2012.

Yacht VAVA II by Pendennis Plus

Yacht VAVA II by Pendennis Plus

Superyacht VAVA II stern - off Plymouth UK

Superyacht VAVA II stern - off Plymouth UK

96m Motor yacht VAVA II (ex P55) Christened by Devonport Yachts

September 12, 2011

The P55 superyacht VAVA II was christened by Devonport Yachts (rebranded as Pendennis Plus in 2011) on the 10th September 2011 in Plymouth. Yacht VAVA II (previously known as P55) is an impressive 96m yacht that is now in the final stages of construction at the Devonport Yachts superyacht yard. The 96m (314.96ft) yacht VAVA II is the largest privately owned yacht ever to be built in the UK. She is one of the most technologically advanced and stylish yachts in the world with exterior styling by Redman Whitely Dixon and interior design by Remi Tessier.

96m Motor yacht VAVA II (ex P55) Christened by Devonport Yachts

96m Motor yacht VAVA II (ex P55) Christened by Devonport Yachts

Captain Brendan O’Shannassy expresses his passion for the project: “It is so pleasing to see a yacht that retains the vision of the designers without compromise”.

Sea trials for the luxury superyacht VAVA II are expected in October 2011 with delivery soon after.

The 96m P55 motor yacht VAVA II complies with SOLAS codes and will be able to accommodate 36 passengers. The VAVA II yacht will be an ideal luxury charter yacht, guaranteed to turn heads wherever she is seen thanks to the striking designs of Redman Whiteley Dixon. The yacht boasts an array of features including large tender garages aft and forward, fold-down beach club and variable depth swimming pool. Upon launch she will be the largest ever private motor yacht to be built in the UK.

Features of superyacht VAVA II (ex Project 55) by Devonport Yachts

LOA: 96m (314.96ft)

Naval Architects: Devonport Yachts

Exterior Design: Redman Whiteley Dixon

Interior Design: Rémi Tessier